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Less ‘Extras’ the Holiday Season

Fewer Extra Flights to Bali Over Christmas-New Years 2017/2018

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The number of “extra flights” scheduled over the Christmas and New Years period 2017/2018 has dropped dramatically when compared to the same period one year ago. quotes the Airport Authority – PT Angkasa Pura who reported on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, that in 2016 there were 613 requests for extra holiday flights, while in 2017 only 477 extra flight have been requested, a reduction of 22%.

PT Angkasa Pura is unprepared to speculate on why there are fewer requests for extra flights this year, but the perceived view is that the downturn is linked to the ongoing eruption of the Mount Agung volcano and a resulting downturn in Bali visitors.

The current requests for extra flights over the holiday period cover a period from December 18, 2017 until January 18, 2018.

An Angkasa Pura spokesperson said that Bali’s airport continues to operate normally following a 2.5-day temporary closure in late November due to volcanic dust in the upper atmosphere seen as a threat to aviation.

“Many passengers are frightened to fly to Bali because of Mount Agung; frightened that they will be unable to return home if the airport is closed during their visit. In fact, the Government has made all preparations in the event of an airport closure, including free transport overland to the nearest international airport. Passengers do not understand this,” said the Angkasa Pura official.

The reduced number of extra flights to Bali this holiday season will also result in a corresponding reduction of the number of tourists visiting Bali. Statistics compiled from the airport through December 19, 2017 demonstrate a decline in the number of tourists visiting Bali following the late-November airport closure.

On December 19, 2017, a total of 14,123 domestic passengers landed in Bali, a decline of 5.21% when compared to the 14,909 domestic passengers who arrived on the same date in 2016.

The number of departing domestic passengers from Bali’s airport has also declined. On December 19, 2017, a total 14,059 passengers flew out of Bali’s Airport, a number that is 4.03% less than the 14.650 passengers who flew out of Bali on the same date in 2016.

International passengers leaving Bali on that date in 2017 totalled 12,346, down 12% from the 14,116 who flew in 2016.

Arriving international passengers have also decreased. On December 19, 2017, a total of 9.261 passengers arrived, a decrease of 13.73% when compared to the 10.735 foreign passengers who arrived in the same date in 2016.

Total domestic and international passengers coming to Bali declined 8.48 day-on-day for December 19, 2017.

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